Albuquerque – Spelling It Is the Easy Part
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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The free continental breakfast at this KOA was a great deal, and we destroyed several bowls of cereal and plates of donuts before setting off. We made a quick stop at the Walmart just outside of town and got some special rim liners to help with punctures and restocked with patches. Route 66 was a lovely rest from the highway and we bumbled along for most of the day listening to music and taking leisurely stops as needed. Ridiculously the 72 miles we faced felt like a short day after the miles we’ve been doing recently so we didn’t feel under pressure.
Mikey had managed to use Google maps to create a hill profile for the day and its was mostly downhill – lucky as yet again we had a HEADWIND
We slogged up for what turned out to be 5 miles and finally saw Albuquerque laid out in front of us. We knew it was still 18 miles to the KOA, which was right on the other side of town, and instead headed to an RV park we’d found online, planning to collapse and have the short ride in the morning and do some sightseeing on the way through town. The woman in the empty RV park was having none of it and said it was totally against the rules for us to put a tent on an RV pitch. She packed us off two miles further to another park who said the same thing. We got EXTREMLY angry at this ridiculous rule, especially as we were very happy to pay the same as an RV and therefore could see absolutely no reason why they wouldn’t let us.
It was 6.30, we’d been on the bikes for 9 hrs and REALLY didn’t want to do another 12 miles
We arrived at 8pm, just as reception was closing and the welcome we got made the extra miles worthwhile. They didn’t want us to bother about checking in until the morning, and took us straight out to find the best shady site. After a swim and shower we felt exhausted but very happy to not have to ride in the morning. We were just congratulating ourselves on a day with NO PUNCTURES, when Mikey punctured the airbed as he got into the tent – nice one…
Miles Cycled: 92, we did not plan it that way this morning